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Interior designer acclaimed by restaurateurs and hoteliers, Caroline Tissier signs here her very first collaboration with Clément Vergeat. Renowned for his modern and instinctive cuisine, this young chef made himself known to the general public by reaching the quarter-finals of Top Chef at only 24 years old! For this worthy representative of a new generation of talents, Caroline Tissier has concocted an interior decoration mixing elegance and modernity.

Following in the footsteps of Tamara, the gourmet restaurant which opened in 2021 a stone's throw from the Comédie Française, Clément Vergeat and his associates Andrea and Eric Barroca have chosen to inaugurate a second right bank address. Casual chic and trendy wine bar, small space but ultra-creative menu, eclectic and neat wine list, asserted sustainable commitment… Nellu promises to be one of this year's successes.

To transform a typical Parisian shop into a dining cellar with a strong personality, this team of style and lifestyle enthusiasts wanted to work with Caroline Tissier. Without any real initial instructions, the interior designer was able to capture their tastes and their sensitivity and restore them in a universe of sober and woody elegance.

Caroline Tissier's first creative axis: to create a strong identity by combining the atmosphere of a Parisian shop and modernity; all in the service of a high-end taste experience. Thus, the typically Parisian wine bar spirit is accompanied by resolutely contemporary materials, textures and furniture. Another asserted bias of this new lifestyle address: mix the formats of the tables (high, low, table d'hôte) and arrange them between the two rooms to guarantee both a warm atmosphere and fluidity.

In the main room overlooking the open kitchen, a few high tables display a harmony of black and wood. At first glance, the sublime wallpaper from Nobilis reveals reflections of burnt wood. The bar displays its conviviality with its superb solid wood counter and its custom-designed jar shelves by Caroline Tissier. Nestled in a semi-alcove, two coffee tables are placed under an abstract painting; a work by Muriel Buthier Chartrain, specially chosen by the interior designer for its beautiful tones that permeate the canvas like spilled wine. A mixture of angular rails and luminous globes, superb light fixtures reinforce the contemporary spirit of the place.

In the back room, a large table d'hôte is lit by an atypical light. A true baroque and refined composition, it mixes different lampshades made to measure by Karman, an Italian specialist in decorative lighting. The freestone walls recall the spirit of the Parisian boutiques of yesteryear. On the walls, no less than 300 bottles of wine are displayed like a life-size flavor menu. Wooden shelves and bottle racks have been specially designed by Caroline Tissier and cover the walls with an inspired design.

Very raw materials, an omnipresence of black mixed with walnut-looking wood, walls that are divided between freestone typical of the neighborhood and nicely veined granite, a few touches of garnet and purple that harmonize with the tone of the beautiful cuvées… so many staging elements that make this chic bistro a truly unique place. The perfect setting for the passionate Clément Vergeat and his cuisine as instinctive as it is committed.

 

Visuals ©: Pierre Lucetpenato

 



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